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The Silent Ballet Compilation : Volume 7

Volume VII gathers fifteen artists from around the world to bring you
what we believe is our most exciting compilation yet. Unlike previous eorts,
our winter compilation focuses almost entirely on solo projects and musical
duos, primarily pulling from the digital realm of experimentation. Free from
compromise, these artists are capable of embracing every last whim, and this
spontaneity and energy is readily on display. We hope our readers enjoy
these musicians as much as we do.

We graciously thank all artists and labels who made this compilation possible.
Hopefully all who find this venture worthwhile will look into supporting
these artists in whichever way possible. It is our support which enables them
to continue creating music they that, and we, love.

Tracklisting :
1. Millimetrik featuring Port-Royal – Les Artefacts du Futur
2. The Ansion – I Spell Weird, Wierd
3. Boy is Fiction – Heart and Powder
4. Glowworm – The Captive
5. Beneva Vs. Clark Nova – 88 Kilos of Excrement
6. Parachutes – Your Stories
7. d rradio – So Long
8. Arms and Sleepers – Butterflycatcher
9. Juxta Phona featuring Offthesky – Trust Roullette
10. Arctic Hospital – Northern Wish
11. Cheju – Spools (Rewound)
12. Akira Kosemura – It’s on Everything
13. Celer – Unreleased Theme for a Film
14. Tsukimono – Oh Patti Smith, When Will You Let Me Go

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Roncatto Braathen : Victory Advancement and Be Quiet Or You Will Explode Into Fires

Roncatto Braathen is an ambient post-rock duo based in Peterborough, England. They released 2 EPs in 2006, debut Be Quiet Or You Will Explode Into Fires, and Victory Advancement, both home –produced and received underground and critical acclaim for it’s mix of various experimental styles, from ambient, post-rock, experimental, and minimal. Both EPs sold out of there limited pressing, and the band are now working on new material for 2008.

“…an inventive, moving and excellent EP with just two band members, making ‘Victory Advancement’ a great example of the benefits of post-rock downsizing.” – Leonard’s Lair webzine

Tracklisting :

Be Quiet Or You Will Explode Into Fires
1. Explosions.Fires
2. When He First Appears, He Is
3. San Martin (re-edit)
4. May Grace Be With You In All
5. Oh Captain, My Captain

Victory Advancement
1. The Melody Haunts My Reverie
2. Oh Captain, My Captain
3. Foolishness Is Bound In The Heart Of A Child
4. Fugue
5. Oh Captain (reprise)
6. A Mechanism Buried Inside You

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Final Light : To Stop an Exploding Man…

‘To Stop an Exploding Man…’ is the first full length release from Final Light aka James Morris and follows on from his recently released demo EP. Despite the relatively short period of time between releases, ‘To Stop an Exploding Man…’ shows a rapid maturity and growth from James.

Drawing back on the electronic beats and bringing in a more classical and ambient foundation, piano and strings leading with the electronic, ambient and guitar sounds providing atmospheric support. ‘To Stop an Exploding Man…’ also works as a single piece, narrating a story through the tracks using both the tone of music and sampled words, and is a great accomplishment to achieve this well whilst maintaining the emotional core of the songs.

Tracklisting :
1. Prologue – The Exploding Man
2. Chapter 1 – Fragile Innocence
3. Chapter 2 – Too Late For Redemption
4. Chapter 3 – Lights Out
5. Chapter 4 – Hope is a State of Mind.
6. Chapter 5 – Aftermath
7. Epilogue – I Know Now Why You Cry

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Final Light – Lights Out

‘Lights Out’ is the demo EP release from Final Light aka James Morris and displays a different side to the From The Sky guitarist, an electronic beats fused with classical post-rock side.

Taking inspiration from the glitchy instrumental bands of the West and experimental electronica coming out of the East, Final Light mixes ambient piano and synth string sections underneath driving electronic drums and glitch sounds, showcasing a promising future outside of From The Sky for James.

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Josh Elliott : These Stars, Our Flame

‘These Stars, Our Flame’ is the second release from Josh Elliott and expands upon the epic mix of electronic post-rock and classical sounds displayed on his debut EP.

Upping the dramatic and progressive flair of the debut, ‘These Stars, Our Flame’ adds layers of guitars, piano, strings and glitch noises atop a forceful electronic drum base.

There is also a CD version of this release available for £2.50 directly from Josh, at this link : http://joshelliott.bigcartel.com.

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The Silent Ballet Compilation : Volume 6

As the year begins to draw itself to a close, we’re wondering how it’s possible that time has passed so quickly at The Silent Ballet over the past ten months. It seems like only yesterday when we were all staring wide-eyed at a brand new year with the biggest hopes for things to come. And even though the year is wrapping up, there’s still much new music to discover and fall in love with.

Volume VI steps back from the post-rock aesthetic and prepares for the impending winter with a diverse collection of tracks that span many genres. We hope a common relaxed theme pervades throughout, one which intrigues the listener but also is capable of accompanying it the multitude of experiences that comprise life’s trials and tribulations. The eclectic roster was selected with precisely this goal in mind.

As always, we ask that our loyal readers do their best to support any artists which many interest them on this compilation. Many thanks go out to the musicians and labels who continually make this series possible. Until next time…

Tracklisting :
1. My Education – Bad Vibrations
2. Last Days – Two Halves of a Line
3. Morning Stalker – Bromden
4. GP 00 – Achromatic
5. Underlapper – Renfeld
6. Strangers Die Every Day – Untitled
7. Building Castles Out of Matchsticks – Smile, Silly Face
8. Beast, Please Be Still – The Guys at the Bar Served Murder for a Nightcap
9. The Shy Trafficker – Ape Will Eat Chicken
10. The Evpatoria Report – Eighteen Robins Road

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Josh Elliott : In Light Passing

Josh Elliott is a solo artist whose debut EP ‘In Light Passing’ is a powerful, dramatic and emotional blend of sweeping pianos and Glitch loops mixing a classical style with technical progressive music.

Extending from the interludes he performs as part of April Dead and remixing for other artists, Josh has created an Instrumental EP which fans of 65daysofstatic, Maybeshewill and Nine Inch Nails’ more dramatic moments should enjoy.

Tracklisting :
1. Your Hate Love
2. You Can Breathe
3. A Fall To Take Us
4. With this Flame

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Moya : Honey Demo

Moya is the ambient works project from Vasil Maronau and ‘Honey Demo’ builds upon the progress from his earlier demos, which are also available for free download from the Moya website www.moyaband.com.

Incorporating classical structures and instruments alongside electronica, Moya creates atmospheric piano-lead compositions with delicate interludes sitting alongside pulsing post-rock tracks for a varied and progressive classical release.

Tracklisting :
1. Introduction
2. Any
3. Nogturne
4. 126-03
5. SP0000
6. Waltz Cvetnih
7. Cydni Etude
8. Friday 113
9. 5tet
10. Hovanschina
11. Op.102
12. James Bomond
13. Op.103
14. Trip tiz
15. Nogturnechik
16. Postlude #8
17. Outroduction

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The Silent Ballet Compilation : Volume 5

Volume 5 is presented during a time when it’s so hot at TSB headquarters that we can barely move, except to scurry over to the refrigerator to get another beer. It’s with that in mind that we bring the latest in our ever expanding compilation series, unearthing new talent and providing exclusive tracks before they hit the streets. The Summer edition is particularly enticing, containing more unreleased material than we know what to do with.

So sit back, pop a cold one, and enjoy the sounds of the newest compilation, courtesy of all the fine artists and labels involved in the project. Don’t hesitate to empty your wallets buying them new cars, just be sure to save enough to keep your fridge well stocked.

Tracklisting :
1. Conclamo – Vortex Dancing
2. El Ten Eleven – Living On Credit Blues
3. Loser Superhero – Patriote 3
4. Red Light Chamber Choir – Strangers in Matching Suits
5. This is a Process of Still Life – Land Has Never Seemed Further
6. immanu el – Panda
7. Cue – Forest of Pencil Pierced Children
8. One Starving Day – Aurora
9. Souvenir’s Young America – Invocation in the Caldera
10. The Dukes of Leisure – Time Must Have a Stop
11. Hermitage – Glass
12. City of a Hundred Spires – Innisfallen
13. Omega Massif – Uter Null

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Other great Net Label Releases

Milhaven – bars closing down
Milhaven – I.M. Wagner

Milhaven are a postrock-band from Bochum that comes up with heavy guitar-drones. Comparable to mogwai or do make say think, these guys combine the groove and harsh power of noiserock with unearthly beautiful melodies. No need for a vocalist when you’re able to let your guitars sing!

French Teen Idol – French Teen Idol

Further confounding the frontier between electronica and post-rock, French Teen Idol weaves a fabric of intricate piano figures, impassioned sequences and intriguing samples. Meticulous harmonies and a fine sense of dynamics pervade this self-titled debut album.


French Teen Idol : Enlightened False Consciousness

“Enlightened False Consciousness” is French Teen Idol’s second release, following the 2005 self-titled debut album.

Melancholic piano patterns, dreamy atmospheres, vocal samples and striking instrumental crescendos, some of the ingredients of French Teen Idol’s debut album, are sill there, enriched by the continuous search for new musical solutions, including a more classical “song-structure” approach in some tracks.

Athens-based band GardenBox and Roman artist Patrizio Piastra collaborated with French Teen Idol on track #2, “The Longest Night”. Other collaborations include Fabrizio Lagani (track #3) and Olalla Rey Fernández (track #5).

Tracklisting :
1. The Following Takes Place Between 0’00” And 57’30”
2. The Longest Night
3. Memento
4. Departure
5. The Fleeting Beauty Of A Butterfly
6. Compromise Your (He)Art
7. Ode To A Departing Friend
8. Enlightened False Consciousness.
9. Stay
10. Rebirth

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Transit : Broadleaves vs Conifers

Transit are four Belgian post-rocking ornithologists, Jeroen (guitar), Toon (bass), Koen (drums) and Nick (guitar), with a passion for nature, emotions and all kinds of music. This is more or less the essence of Transit; more words about us would just be tiresome; so we just hope you enjoy our music as much as we enjoy playing it!

This is the first EP release and should you wish to purchase a physical copy of the EP please contact the band at contact@transit-band.be for further instructions. Currently playing lives shows around Belgium, you can get a preview of the show with a video here.

Tracklisting :
1. Pilot’s Handbook
2. Matacabras
3. Matorral
4. Reflections upon the Asfalt
5. Long Song

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The Silent Ballet Compilation : Volume 2

The second volume of The Silent Ballet Compilation series continues where the first left off in its pledge to work hand in hand with independent artists from around the globe. The response to the first volume was huge; unfortunately we are unable to accommodate everyone who would like to be included in the series, but hopefully in due time most will receive a spot in the limelight.

We remain committed to presenting some of the finest emerging artists to the world, offering previews of exciting future releases, and unearthing exclusive and rare tracks for our readers. Of course, all of this is done pro bono, and the existence of this series relies solely on the generosity of the bands and labels involved, whom we encourage you to support if you find the compilation to your liking.

A full version of The Silent Ballet Webzine will be launching later this year. We do hope it satisfies the need for an intermediary resource in this ever populous culture of music.

Tracklisting :
1. Magyar Posse – Intercontinental Hustle
2. God is an Astronaut – Tempus Horizon
3. International Karate – A Night Without Sleep
4. The Ascent of Everest – Moving Mountains
5. All Angels Gone – Stephen H
6. Sweek – A Dead Sleeping Forest
7. From the Sky – When the Sun Sets the Clouds on Fire
8. Atlantis – Constantinople
9. You.May.Die.In.The.Desert – Can I Get More Steel in My
Monitors
10. Gifts From Enola – Early Morning Ambulance
11. Capulet – Champs

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Transit : Harmattan

Hallo,

Transit are four Belgian post-rocking ornithologists, Jeroen (guitar), Toon (bass), Koen (drums) and Nick (guitar), with a passion for nature, emotions and all kinds of music. This is more or less the essence of Transit; more words about us would just be tiresome; so we just hope you enjoy our music as much as we enjoy playing it!

‘˜Harmattan’™ is no more than a demo we recorded in our rehearsal room using only 6 mics (lo-fi, old school; and actually broke at that moment :), but more will come in November when we release our first EP.

Tracklisting :
1. Maza
2. Long Song
3. Matorral

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Skyhaze : Anthology 2005 – 2006

Skyhaze was formed in the middle of 2005 as a means to produce relaxation music for a local Complimentary Therapist (Venus Light Therapies). As the songs debuted on Myspace, interest in the project increased and the decision was made to make Skyhaze a full-time project. Skyhaze consists solely of Steve Cowan (of FearOfHatred and PlaguesFire fame) who is usually found singing and playing guitar in Death and Black Metal projects.

The first album to be created was ‘Score For An Unwritten Movie’ in late 2005. This was quickly followed by the sophomore effort ‘Evening Songs’ which debuted a more beat-orientated feel. Finally, in 2006 the album ‘The Year That Never’ was created. This was a return to the sound created by ‘Score’ but with greater epic scope.

Due to the popularity of PlaguesFire and FearOfHatred, Skyhaze is on a metaphorical back-burner. However, it is planned that a new album will see release in 2007.

Tracklisting :
1. Fields
2. Pialad
3. Song One
4. Indecisions
5. Oceans Apart
6. Under The Ocean
7. Shore
8. Cold Evening
9. A Vastness
10. Tempted
11. Quieten
12. Air
13. Distant Waves
14. Tortured Song
15. Sorrow
16. Alluring

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The Silent Ballet Compilation : Volume 1

This compilation was compiled by the Lost Children Net Label and The Silent Ballet, a webzine that has been in the works for quite some time. The Silent Ballet is a webzine that will focus upon instrumental and postrock artists, as well the artists that catch our attention from other genres. Its main goal is to create a stronger instrumental community across the world and to function as a portal that actively brings musicians and listeners into an open discussion. This compilation is a means to formally announce to the world the conception of The Silent Ballet. Expect it to open its doors in full functionality in Fall of 2006, if not sooner, and look to the webpage for more information as the date approaches.

The Lost Children Net Label seeks to distribute music created by artists with humble budgets to all corners of the globe. The cost to the audience is, of course, nothing. Lost Children does not believe that in today’s technological world an artist should be unable to deliver his music to a willing listener just because he does not have suffcient label representation. Music is a joy in all of our lives and no one should be deprived of it.

The meeting of these two forces resulted in a compilation of artists pushing the instrumental and independent scenes in new and creative ways. A big thanks goes out to all the bands and labels involved in this compilations; everyone’s effort is greatly appreciated.

Tracklisting :
1. Caspian – Quovis – Further Up – Further In
2. Samuel Jackson Five – If You Show Off the Milk, Who’s Gonna Buy the Cow?
3. Neil on Impression – Stars Paint the Forest Gold
4. We vs. Death – And How To Translate It
5. Foxhole – Forgiving Monarch
6. Yndi Halda – We Flood Empty Lakes (A Lily remix)
7. Theta Naught – Calneva Drive
8. Joy Wants Eternity – From Embrace to Embrace
9. Once We Were – Cut Corners
10. Mt – Add Obvious Errors
11. UpC DownC LeftC RightC ABC + Start – Simple Reminder (Anger Is Not a Motive)

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Part Rocket : Kneel Before the Throne and Drink the Blood of your Own

Part Rocket is a musical collective born in Cardiff and now residing in London. They produce leftfield instrumental music, remaining true to the experimental nature of post-rock, weaving from quiet and rhythmic, to full on intense and distorted mayhem whilst melodies come and go as they please.

‘Kneel Before the Throne and Drink the Blood of your Own’ is the second EP from Part Rocket, the first ‘Good Bye Morning Satellite’ is available from their website www.partrocket.com.

Tracklisting :
1. Midnight in Some Burning Tower
2. Cosby, Bills and Cash

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